8 arrested in Ekurhuleni protest

JOHANNESBURG – Police arrested eight people during protests in Kwa-Thema, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng police said on Thursday.

Captain Johannes Ramphora said the eight protesters were arrested for alleged public violence on Wednesday evening.

He said protesters gathered at the Kwa-Thema civic centre where they burnt tyres and blockaded main roads with rocks and dustbins.

Police had to use tear gas to disperse the crowd who were demanding to buy electricity directly from Eskom.

Ramphora said police were also deployed at councillors’ houses in Kwa-Thema after they received threats from protesters saying they would burn down the houses.

He said there were no protests on Thursday, but police were monitoring the area in case the protesters decide to gather again in afternoon.

Three protesters were arrested for public violence on Monday.

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